Missions Fest has come and gone from Vancouver.  So on Monday my dear friend, (who will not mind this post about him), comes up to me with great delight to inform me that he had a wonderful time at Missions Fest.  Why – he had a long discussion about science and the Bible with some people at a booth there, and there was no disagreement at all.  They were on the same page as him. So I said, ….”Reasons to Believe?” and he gave a resounding affirmative.  ‘Reasons to Believe’ is a group that sneers at the authority of Scripture, wherever they have deemed their human wisdom to surpass the revelation of God our creator, sustainer and ultimate judge. Now my friend and I jam together every week, and I delight in his fabulous banjo, guitar and harp, as well as his great singing voice and warm personality.  But we have some pretty robust debates about the authority of the Bible.  My musical friend chooses not to believe the account of the creation of the world, as revealed to us by the Creator.  Rather, he chooses to believe ‘science’………by which he means the just-so stories endlessly spewing, (and ever evolving) from people who reject the lordship of God and pretend that ‘science’ has proven we are merely the product of vast, vast ages of billions of unguided miracles of life springing from non-life, somehow, contrary to anything we know to be real science, sorting itself into ever greater complexity and utility, and somehow, someway………here we are, the apex of evolution. Real science is what gave us penicillin, jet planes, medicines, enhanced agriculture, computers, spandex, wheelbarrows…….. But the theory of evolution tries to explain our existence and our universe by a priori stating that we cannot allow a divine foot in the door.  We must explain profound complexity, exquisite artistry, wonderful utility, design shouting at us in the most ‘simple’ of life forms by FIRST shutting the door in the face of the Creator.  Kind of like telling the grade one child that there is no such thing as the number four.  So no matter how hard the child tries to comprehend the answer to 2 plus 2, you have closed the door to him ever getting the right answer. Evolution meets none of the criteria for a hard science.  Evolution is beyond the realm of observable, testable, repeatable, falsifiable……..   We do not have a single living thing that is a transitional form.  The evolutionist in desperation waves proofs like peppered moths, sickle-cell anemia, the neck of the giraffe, the Galapagos finches, tiktalik, bacterial resistance, and a few more.  None of these are examples of one species of life pulling up its sockies and emerging as a higher life form, and all with no outside help, thank you very much.  Miracles by the billion trillion needed to produce us, but that’s okay.  The lab coat and test-tubes authenticate such bewildering wizardry.  The scientist just has to intone his millions of years of contrived history and we must put our minds out to pasture, and BELIEVE. Nor do the trillions of fossils found embedded in earth’s rocks show us a gradual transformation of simple to complex life forms in the contrived geologic column.  Fossils are the overwhelming testament to a global, catastrophic event.  Earth’s geology tells of a violent, cataclysmic event that ripped the earth apart in massive volcanic action, continental turbidity flows, mountain building, settling, slumping,…….and all of it in the context of WATER.  Water was the primary medium.  Even after post-flood glaciation scoured away some of the overburden in places like the Great Canadian Shield, still 75% of our word in comprised of sedimentary layers, miles deep in some places, and eroded thinner in others. God created all life on earth in six days, some six thousand years ago.  And God in his righteous anger destroyed all land-dwelling life, some 4,500 years ago. Well,… now pope Francis concedes that evolution is true, (see below).  Most prestigious theological colleges (fearing the derision of academia I suppose), also say we evolved.  My music friend believes he is a Christian who is the product of long-age evolution.  Another friend who would call herself a Christian says she does not believe in the Biblical account of the global flood and the Ark of salvation that God provided for Noah, his family and (at least) two of every kind of life on earth, so who am I that I, and those other motley crew of young-earth creationists should dare question such august leaders? The answer is easy. All of creation shouts of the existence of an all-powerful creator.  Seek and you will find him.  Knock and the door will be opened to you.  Ask and it shall be given to you.   In the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth.  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.   Popes, priests, kings, gurus, scholars, philosophers and the little people all have this in common, ……. they are mere mortals.  The wisdom of man is foolishness to God. Let God be true though every man be found a liar. Below, some excerpts from Chris Mooney:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/31/our-new-pro-science-pontiff-pope-francis-on-climate-change-evolution-and-the-big-bang/

In the last decade or so, there has been a resurgence of the idea that science and religion are in fundamental conflict with one another. The argument is often associated with prominent thinkers, like neuroscientist and author Sam Harris, who has argued that “there is a conflict between science and religion, and it is zero-sum” — but it also gains strength from the political context in which we live. After all, we see science-religion conflicts all the time: Creationists try to disrupt the sole teaching of evolution. Religiously driven anti-abortionists come up with dubious scientific arguments for why the procedure is dangerous. Seeing these science and religion conflicts inclines us to believe that science and religion…conflict. There’s a difference, though, between the idea of a necessary conflict between science and religion, and the notion that conflicts merely happen at some times, for some individuals or religious groups. The latter is completely obvious and irrefutable — but the former is seemingly contradicted whenever we see a prominent religious believer who also strongly embraces scientific realities. And it looks like we might be seeing, right now, the most prominent one of those in a long time: Pope Francis. In October, the new Pope spoke at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and appeared to endorse two major scientific concepts that have often given religious believers big trouble: the Big Bang, and evolution. On the Big Bang, he remarked that it is “considered to be the origin of the world” and “does not contradict the creative intervention of God.” And then there’s evolution. “God is not… a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,” said Francis on the occasion. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.” In other words, the Pope appears to be embracing an idea that had great currency in the Enlightenment — the notion of a God who created a universe that follows laws which can be scientifically discerned. That’s an idea that certainly would have appealed to deeply religious scientists like Galileo, who argued, in his famous Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina, that the insights of Copernicus could be made compatible with the Bible. (Copernicus was doing real science, evolution is not based on observation, experiment, repeatable science.  It is rhetoric, brain-washing and tyranical indoctrination from our youth onward.  This isn’t science and can’t hold up under genuine scientific scrutiny, which is why all dissenting voices from within and without the science community are vigorously suppressed.  If a princess kisses a frog and turns him into a handsome human, we know that is a lovely fairy tale.  If a frog is said to be part of the evolutionary ascent towards becoming human, given multiple millions of years,………we call it science.  TIME is the magician.  I love fairy-tales, but I prefer to distinguish between fiction and fact. Evolution is a fierce anti-god construct, not science.)
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